ST. PETERSBURG – The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week for Week 11 of the season on Tuesday afternoon, with two Tampa Bay Rowdies making the cut. Midfielder Charlie Dennis and center back Aaron Guillen both earned Team of the Week spots for their stellar shifts in the club’s 3-0 win at Rio Grande Valley FC over the weekend.
Rowdies keeper Connor Sparrow and left wingback Ryan Spaulding also earned spots on the Team of the Week Bench for their performances. Sparrow recorded seven saves to help the Rowdies secure their fourth shutout of the season, while Spaulding notched his club-leading third assist.
This is Dennis’ second Team of the Week selection in May and his fourth overall this year. The English midfielder scored twice versus Rio Grande Valley, bringing his season total to a club-leading five tallies and stretching his scoring streak to four consecutive matches.
Guillen put in an overall solid performance to help the Rowdies secure their fourth clean sheet of the season. The Rowdies captain completed 33 of 36 pass attempts and made four interceptions, while also recording an assist on Cal Jennings’ goal to seal the result in the 89th minute.
Next up for the Rowdies is a three-match homestand starting this Saturday versus Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC. Tickets for the match can be purchased here.
USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 11
GK – Nathan Steinwascher, Detroit City FC: The local standout recorded a three-save shutout and recorded the assist on Skage Simonsen’s goal – becoming the 11th goalkeeper on record in the Championship to record an assist and shutout in the same game – as Le Rouge defeated San Antonio FC.
D – Burke Fahling, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Fahling recorded one assist and was solid defensively in the Hounds’ 4-1 win against Las Vegas Lights FC, winning 8 of 12 duels and recording seven recoveries and two clearances at Highmark Stadium.
D – Aaron Guillen, Tampa Bay Rowdies: The two-time All-League selection notched one assist and put in a solid all-around performance in Tampa Bay’s 3-0 win at Rio Grande Valley FC, completing 33 of 36 passes and making four interceptions defensively.
D – Devon Amoo-Mensah, Detroit City FC: Amoo-Mensah put in a sterling defensive display in Le Rouge’s victory against San Antonio FC, winning 5 of 6 tackles and 7 of 7 duels while making 10 recoveries, six clearances and three interceptions at Keyworth Stadium.
M – Charlie Dennis, Tampa Bay Rowdies: The English playmaker recorded two goals and had four shots and two chances created in leading his side to a 3-0 victory against Rio Grande Valley FC for its fourth consecutive win.
M – Aaron Molloy, Memphis 901 FC: The 2022 All-League selection scored the game-winning goal, hit the woodwork, and had five shots and five chances created overall while completing 63 of 73 passes in Memphis’ 2-1 victory against FC Tulsa on Friday night.
M – Arturo Rodriguez, Charleston Battery: The former League One MVP scored the only goal as the Battery took victory against Monterey Bay F.C. as part of a positive all-around display in which he completed 29 of 36 passes, won 2 of 3 tackles and made nine recoveries.
M – Jeremy Kelly, Memphis 901 FC: Kelly kept the midfield moving for 901 FC in its victory at FC Tulsa, completing 60 of 66 passes and completing 4 of 5 dribbles while winning 3 of 3 tackles and 8 of 12 duels while making 14 recoveries as Memphis ran its undefeated streak to seven games.
F – Edward Kizza, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: The Ugandan forward scored the opening two goals of the Hounds’ 4-1 victory against Las Vegas at Highmark Stadium and had four shots overall while also recording one key pass and winning 3 of 4 tackles and 9 of 15 duels.
F – Nighte Pickering, Memphis 901 FC: The 18-year-old U.S. youth international recorded a goal and assist to help lead 901 FC to a 2-1 victory at FC Tulsa. He also completed 2 of 3 dribbles and won 3 of 5 duels in a strong all-around display.
F – Keko, Sacramento Republic FC: The Spanish winger recorded a goal and assist to lead Republic FC to a 3-1 victory against rival Oakland Roots SC on Saturday night at Heart Health Park while also winning 3 of 3 tackles and 7 of 9 duels and completing 3 of 4 dribbles.
Bench: Connor Sparrow (TBR), Arturo Ordonez (PIT), Ryan Spaulding (TBR), Sergio Rivas (NM), Kenardo Forbes (PIT), Liam Rose (ELP), Chris Wehan (NM)